January 2018 Wrap-Up

How has January come to and end already?! I’m totally unprepared for February, I haven’t prepped ANY of my upcoming blog posts, nor have I set up my BuJo for the month. I have some serious work ahead of me on my day off tomorrow… OOPS!

Time is going scarily quickly, and I’m seriously concerned that I’m not going to be able to read all of the books I want to in my lifetime…

I did, however read some AMAZING books this month. In fact, I think this has been one of the most successful reading months I’ve had in terms of 5 star reviews!

Sky Song by Abi Elphinstone

img_2396This book was incredible. A new release middle-grade novel, this was a magical adventure story with an important message at it’s heart – acceptance. Accept people for their differences and don’t be so quick to judge! I loved this, and recommend it to anyone looking for a fun read with a big heart. One of the best children’s books to be released in years.

My Rating: 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

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A Conjuring of Light (ADSOM #3) by V.E. Schwab

img_2413The concluding book to the “A Darker Shade of Magic” trilogy, was everything I needed and more. After reading this, I felt hollow and empty. In a good way, might I add. The kind of emptiness that you feel after reading a REALLY good book, and not knowing how to fill it. I will sorely miss this series and Lila Bard is still my fave.

My Rating: 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

Full Review Coming Soon


Wintersong by S. Jae-Jones

img_2462I have discovered a new favourite book. This. I COULD NOT PUT THIS DOWN! I thought after reading ACOL I would go into a huge reading slump, but this was the perfect book to follow on with. It was magical, dark, romantic and just heartbreaking. The ending killed me and I seriously can’t wait to read Shadowsong as soon as my pre-order arrives (I’m hoping it’s today…)

My Rating: 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

Full Review Coming Soon


Language of Thorns by Leigh Bardugo

img_2441I haven’t yet finished this, but I wanted to include it in my wrap-up, because I have finished the first short story and figured it deserved a mention! This is a collection of 6 short stories set in the Grishaverse. The first tale, Ayama and The Thorn Wood, I rated 4.5 stars.

This is a book I’ll probably keep dipping in and out of as I’m not really a huge short stories fan, but I really do love Leigh Bardugo’s writing, which is why I’ll stick with it, and likely just read one story per week in amongst my regular reading schedule.


What books did you read in January?

Book Review: Sky Song by Abi Elphinstone

Rating: 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

Sky Song

Synopsis:

In the snowy kingdom of Erkenwald, whales glide between icebergs, wolves hunt on the tundra and polar bears roam the glaciers. But the people of this land aren’t so easy to find. Because Erkenwald is ruled by a cruel Ice Queen and you must stay hidden or risk becoming another of her prisoners.  

Join Eska, a girl who breaks free from a cursed music box, and Flint, a boy whose inventions could change the fate of Erkenwald forever, as they journey together in search of an ancient, almost forgotten, song with the power to force the Ice Queen back.
 
This is a story about an eagle huntress, an inventor and an organ made of icicles. But it is also a story about belonging, even at the very edges of our world…


Sky Song is a middle-grade children’s book, which was selected as Waterstones’ Children’s Book of The Month, which is why I picked it up originally. The other reason I picked it up, unashamedly, was for it’s gorgeous cover! But I’m so glad I read this because honestly, it is one of the best children’s novels I have had the pleasure of reading in a long time.

Erkenwald is a polar, Icelandic setting which made me draw comparison to Philip Pullman’s “Northern Lights” trilogy. It is a land which was created by one of the seven ‘Sky Gods’, the North Star in the constellation of seven stars which form the Little Bear.

Our story begins with a fairy tale style prologue, in which the smallest star gets jealous and falls to earth in an attempt to claim the land for her own using dark magic. One day, after being frozen by the North Star for many years, she is awoken and thus begins her quest to gain immortality. To do so, she must claim all of the voices in the land.

I was enthralled by this beautiful story from it’s very beginning. What truly captivated me was the relationship between Eska and Flint. Although it didn’t start perfectly, like many friendships, the power that their caring for each other was undeniably special.

Not only is this a wonderfully formed, magical adventure story, at it’s core is a tale of courage, friendship, and finding a place where you belong.

I feel that it is so important to teach young children about being more accepting in today’s age, with people still being mistreated and denied equality due to their race, sexuality and gender.

In this book we see Eska rejected from the tribes simply because she looks and acts differently. However, her strength and Flint’s courage to defy the other’s opinions transmits such an important and incredibly positive message, that this is undeniably a book which all children, and to be quite honest, adults too, should read and take note from.

I cannot recommend this book highly enough.

Children and adults alike should all read this.

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Beat The Backlist: Book Series’ I Want To Finish This Year

I have a terrible habit of starting book series’ and not finishing them, so my aim for this year as part of the Beat The Backlist Challenge, is to round off any series’ that I’ve started but haven’t completed yet! This includes getting up to date with any series’ that still have books to be published in the future.

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1.

A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab

I started my list with this one, because I am currently reading A Conjuring of Light, the third and final instalment in the trilogy, so I know it’s one I’ll be able to tick off pretty quickly! I read the first two books and the beginning of last year, but just kept putting off reading the last book, so I made sure it was top of my TBR for this year.


2.

Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

So this is a series which isn’t yet complete, but I’m yet to read Tower of Dawn, so I need to check it off and make sure I’m all up to date!


3.

Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard

I read Red Queen nearly 2 years ago now, and have failed to pick up the next books in the series for some reason! I hope to read Glass Sword and King’s Cage before the release of War Storm later this year.


4.

Illuminae by Jay Kristoff and Amie Kaufman

Illuminae is a book that I started to read last year, but put down after 100 pages because I just wasn’t feeling it at the time, but I hope to give it another shot this year because I’ve heard nothing but amazing things! Although this is on my list of series’ to finish, I guess I actually need to restart it…


5.

Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

I read Six of Crows in March last year, but didn’t ever pick up Crooked Kingdom. I then read The Grisha Trilogy a couple of months ago and loved it, so, starting with a re-read of Six of Crows, I will complete this duology in 2018!


Are there any book series’ which you’ve left unfinished and aim to complete this year?

Book Review: Empress of A Thousand Skies by Rhoda Belleza

Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️.5

Empress of a Thousand Skies (Empress of a Thousand Skies, #1)Synopsis: 

Crown Princess Rhiannon Ta’an wants vengeance.

The only surviving heir to an ancient Kalusian dynasty, Rhee has spent her life training to destroy the people who killed her family. Now, on the eve of her coronation, the time has finally come for Rhee to claim her throne – and her revenge.

Alyosha is a Wraetan who has risen above his war refugee origins to find fame as the dashing star of a DroneVision show. Despite his popularity, Aly struggles with anti-Wraetan prejudices and the pressure of being perfect in the public eye.

Their paths collide with one brutal act of violence: Rhee is attacked, barely escaping with her life. Aly is blamed for her presumed murder.

The princess and her accused killer are forced to go into hiding – even as a war between planets is waged in Rhee’s name. But soon, Rhee and Aly discover that the assassination attempt is just one part of a sinister plot. Bound together by an evil that only they can stop, the two fugitives must join forces to save the galaxy.


I’m playing catch-up on all of the reviews I didn’t get around to writing for some books I read last year.

For whatever reason, I didn’t write up my review for this book, but I should start by saying that by no means was this book bad, it just wasn’t my thing.

I’ve never been a fan of sci-fi books, for some reason I just don’t enjoy books set in space, or that involve flying spaceships and “cool” futuristic gadgets. Which I why I didn’t really enjoy this book.

The plot was very action packed. In fact, it was so action packed that there was no time to breathe. There was constantly something going on, and just as we’re about to gain some information on the characters, something dramatic happens and we’re torn away not knowing anything more about them. This also made it hard to connect to either of the main characters, and meant that any relationship developments fell slightly short of their mark. The only character I felt a connection to was Kara. I found her much more interesting than the others, and if I were to read the sequel to this book, it would purely be to follow her story-line.

So, characters aside, the world building was generally okay. I got a good sense of the politics, and location of everything, and I liked that each planet had a unique atmosphere and landscape.

Although the plot was somewhat predictable, I still found that the writing was enjoyable and easy to read.

If you like sci-fi adventure, you’ll probably enjoy this book a lot more than I did! As I said, my rating is a lot lower simply down to taste, and if someone were to ask me for a recommendation, I’d definitely still consider this.

It also has one of my favourite covers, so there’s a positive…

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Book Tag: Top 10 Book Covers

Hello Bookworms!

I hope you’ve all had a lovely weekend!

Thanks to TheMystiqueReader for tagging me to share with you all my favourite ever book covers!

As we all well know, you should never judge a book by it’s cover, but hell, who are we all kidding here?! Of course we’re judging! A cover is the first thing that captures my attention when it comes to searching for books. If it looks pretty, I’ll check it out and probably buy it anyway, regardless of it’s content. If it’s ugly… yeah probably not going to pick it up. I’m shallow, what can I say?

So narrowing this list down was REALLY FREAKING HARD.

I would have had no chance of deciding, so to start with I have selected books only that I own. Any on my wish list are not included.

Here goes!


10.

City of Bones (10th Anniversary Edition) by Cassandra Clare

City of Bones (The Mortal Instruments, #1)

I love the simplicity of the colour scheme on this cover. The dark blue background with silver detailing is gorgeous, and the symmetry in the design is so satisfying!


9.

Rebel of The Sands by Alwyn Hamilton

Rebel of the Sands (Rebel of the Sands, #1)

This cover is stunning! I adore the colouring and the gold foil really just makes the book stand out. I equally love the covers to the sequels Traitor To The Throne and Hero At The Fall, but I figured book 1 should get the spot on this list.


8.

Warcross by Marie Lu

Warcross (Warcross, #1)

Hello, uh RAINBOW! Of course this would be on my list, I’m a sucker for all things colourful! And under the dust jacket of this book is even more spectacular…


7.

Nevernight by Jay Kristoff

Nevernight (The Nevernight Chronicle, #1)

I love this cover design so freaking much! It’s mysterious, dark and twisty, whilst being equally beautiful, intricate and delicate. This is one of the books where I’m proud to have the UK edition.


6.

Flame in The Mist by Renee Ahdieh

Flame in the Mist (Flame in the Mist, #1)

If ever there was a time for purple and orange to be together, this is that time. I am in love with the colour scheme and artwork on this cover design! The news recently broke that the covers will be changing for this series for the release of the second book, which I’m fine with because the new covers are equally as gorgeous, but I have to say that I do prefer the black background and the contrast that it creates against the colouring.


5.

Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi

Homegoing

I told you, bright and colourful wins it for me! I love the oranges and reds in this, and the way that everything is built up using such simplistic shapes really caught my eye. It also gives you a sense of the African setting and culture. Usually, adult fiction covers are a bit dull and boring, but not this one! No-sir-ee!


4.

Empress Of A Thousand Skies by Rhoda Belleza

Empress of a Thousand Skies (Empress of a Thousand Skies, #1)

Although I didn’t really love this book for it’s content, the cover is still one of my favourites! The purple galaxy effect background is perfect. It’s just so so pretty!


3.

Sky Song by Abi Elphinstone

Sky Song

This book only came onto my radar just over a week ago at work! I adore the colour scheme; the turquoise and blue against the white is beautiful and the silver foiling just adds that extra wintry, icy effect.


2.

The Bear and The Nightingale by Katherine Arden

The Bear and the Nightingale

This was a seriously close contender for the #1 spot… everything about this cover is beautiful. The colours are striking, and I love the woodland images.


1.

Wicked Like A Wildfire by Lana Popovic

Wicked Like a Wildfire (Hibiscus Daughter, #1)

It’s not surprise that this takes the #1 position! I’ve taken so many photos of this book just because it’s so dang pretty. The colours are stunning, and it’s not TOO busy so it doesn’t distract too much attention. Also, the title font is so lovely, I wish everything could be done in that script!


What are some of your favourite book covers?

 

Book Review: Caraval by Stephanie Garber

Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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Synopsis:

Remember, it’s only a game…

Scarlett Dragna has never left the tiny island where she and her sister, Tella, live with their powerful, and cruel, father. Now Scarlett’s father has arranged a marriage for her, and Scarlett thinks her dreams of seeing Caraval—the faraway, once-a-year performance where the audience participates in the show—are over.

But this year, Scarlett’s long-dreamt-of invitation finally arrives. With the help of a mysterious sailor, Tella whisks Scarlett away to the show. Only, as soon as they arrive, Tella is kidnapped by Caraval’s mastermind organizer, Legend. It turns out that this season’s Caraval revolves around Tella, and whoever finds her first is the winner.

Scarlett has been told that everything that happens during Caraval is only an elaborate performance. Nevertheless she becomes enmeshed in a game of love, heartbreak, and magic. And whether Caraval is real or not, Scarlett must find Tella before the five nights of the game are over or a dangerous domino effect of consequences will be set off, and her beloved sister will disappear forever.

Welcome, welcome to Caraval…beware of getting swept too far away.


This was one of my most anticipated releases of 2017. Yet I only read it in October… and I’m only just reviewing it now… WHAT HAVE I BEEN DOING ALL YEAR?! In fact, I’m surprised I can even remember it enough to write a coherant review! We’ll give it a go though…

Anyway.

I really enjoyed this! I’ve heard so many people compare it to The Night Circus, which I’m yet to read so don’t really have anything to compare it by, but I totally get the magical circus-esque vibe… although it’s not really a circus, so I don’t know. I need to read The Night Circus pronto!

That was my one big-ish gripe with this book. I felt that the world building wasn’t really there, so I didn’t know where we were in relation to the briefly mentioned Spanish-y island at the very beginning of the novel. Something about conquered islands? Not sure. So we’ll overlook that and hope it’s developed further in the next book.

I found the concept of the mysterious game in an unknown place very intriguing, and Julian was by far the most interesting character for me. I can wait to find out more about this handsome mysterious man who seems very nice and sexy but also dangerous… I’m getting carried away.

Scarlett and her sister, well, I could live without them. I found myself getting irritated by Scarlett whining all the time. However, by the end of the book I found that I had really got on board with Scarlett and her sister, and what particularly grabbed my interest was how deceiving Donatella had been the entire way through.

I’m not even going to say very much on the topic of their Dad. Just “what an extremely unpleasant man”. Horrible. Truly, horrible.

The plot was extremely fast paced, and there never seemed to be a dull moment. I feel like there could’ve been room for a few more peaks and falls as it was all very full on all the way through. Perhaps some moments where characters, you know, got to know each other a bit? But I have to admit, I couldn’t stop turning those pages. It definitely had my attention!

Overall, I found this to be a very enjoyable and quick read, and I’m very much looking forward to the release of book 2, “Legendary”.

This book also has one of the most beautiful book maps ever to exist…

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Most Anticipated January 2018 Releases

There are so many great releases scheduled for this month, so I thought I’d do a post including all of the books I’m excited about getting my hands on in January!


[January 2nd] The Cruel Prince (The Folk of The Air #1) by Holly Black

The Cruel Prince (The Folk of the Air, #1)Jude was seven years old when her parents were murdered and she and her two sisters were stolen away to live in the treacherous High Court of Faerie. Ten years later, Jude wants nothing more than to belong there, despite her mortality. But many of the fey despise humans. Especially Prince Cardan, the youngest and wickedest son of the High King.

To win a place at the Court, she must defy him–and face the consequences…


[January 2nd] Batman: Nightwalker (DC Icons #2) by Marie Lu

Batman: Nightwalker (DC Icons, #2)Before he was Batman, he was Bruce Wayne. A reckless boy willing to break the rules for a girl who may be his worst enemy.

In Arkham, Bruce meets Madeleine, a brilliant girl with ties to the Nightwalkers. What is she hiding? And why will she speak only to Bruce? Madeleine is the mystery Bruce must unravel. But is he getting her to divulge her secrets, or is he feeding her the information she needs to bring Gotham City to its knees? Bruce will walk the dark line between trust and betrayal as the Nightwalkers circle closer.


[January 4th] Everless by Sara Holland

EverlessIn the kingdom of Sempera, time is currency—extracted from blood, bound to iron, and consumed to add time to one’s own lifespan. The rich aristocracy, like the Gerlings, tax the poor to the hilt, extending their own lives by centuries. 

No one resents the Gerlings more than Jules Ember. A decade ago, she and her father were servants at Everless, the Gerlings’ estate, until a fateful accident forced them to flee in the dead of night. When Jules discovers that her father is dying, she knows that she must return to Everless to earn more time for him before she loses him forever.


[January 16th] Love, Hate & Other Filters by Samira Ahmed

Love, Hate & Other FiltersMaya Aziz is torn between futures: the one her parents expect for their good Indian daughter (i.e.; staying nearby in Chicago and being matched with a “suitable” Muslim boy), and the one where she goes to film school in New York City–and maybe, just maybe, kisses a guy she’s only known from afar. There’s the also the fun stuff, like laughing with her best friend Violet, making on-the-spot documentaries, sneaking away for private swimming lessons at a secret pond in the woods. But her world is shattered when a suicide bomber strikes in the American heartland; by chance, he shares Maya’s last name. What happens to the one Muslim family in town when their community is suddenly consumed with hatred and fear?


[January 25th] The Girl in The Tower (Winternight Trilogy #3) by Katherine Arden

The Girl in The Tower (The Bear and the Nightingale #2)The court of the Grand Prince of Moscow is plagued by power struggles and rumours of unrest. Meanwhile bandits roam the countryside, burning the villages and kidnapping its daughters. Setting out to defeat the raiders, the Prince and his trusted companion come across a young man riding a magnificent horse.

Only Sasha, a priest with a warrior’s training, recognises this ‘boy’ as his younger sister, thought to be dead or a witch by her village. But when Vasya proves herself in battle, riding with remarkable skill and inexplicable power, Sasha realises he must keep her secret as she may be the only way to save the city from threats both human and fantastical…


[January 30th] The Hazel Wood by Melissa Albert

The Hazel WoodSeventeen-year-old Alice and her mother have spent most of Alice’s life on the road, always a step ahead of the uncanny bad luck biting at their heels. But when Alice’s grandmother, the reclusive author of a cult-classic book of pitch-dark fairy tales, dies alone on her estate, the Hazel Wood, Alice learns how bad her luck can really get: her mother is stolen away―by a figure who claims to come from the Hinterland, the cruel supernatural world where her grandmother’s stories are set. Alice’s only lead is the message her mother left behind: “Stay away from the Hazel Wood.”


[January 30th] Shadowsong (Wintersong #2) by S. Jae-Jones

Shadowsong (Wintersong)Six months after the end of Wintersong, Liesl is working toward furthering both her brother’s and her own musical careers. Although she is determined to look forward and not behind, life in the world above is not as easy as Liesl had hoped.

When troubling signs arise that the barrier between worlds is crumbling, Liesl must return to the Underground to unravel the mystery of life, death, and the Goblin King—who he was, who he is, and who he will be. What will it take to break the old laws once and for all? What is the true meaning of sacrifice when the fate of the world—or the ones Liesl loves—is in her hands?


This is just a small selection of some amazing books due to be released this month, and the ones that I personally am the most excited about.

See any on here that you’re looking forward to?


(Please note that these dates are for UK releases any may vary in other countries)

January TBR

Welcome to January everybody!

New Year, New BOOKS.

So this year, I will be taking part in “Beat The Backlist”, a reading challenge hosted by NovelKnight in which we aim to read all of those books that have been sat on the shelf for too long. In my case, it includes far too many books to count…

Which is why, in January, I will be making my way through some of those books I’ve been wanting to read for quite some time.

So without further ado, here is my TBR for January:


Sky Song by Abi Elphinstone

An exception to the backlist challenge, this is actually a brand new 2018 release children’s book that I’m reading for work… Hopefully it’ll be nice and quick so I can move on to the other books, but I’m really enjoying what I’ve read of it so far!

A Conjuring of Light by V.E. Schwab

It’s time for me to face the fact that this trilogy will end and that bad things will happen… am I ready? Probably never, but I can’t put it off any longer!

Wintersong by S. Jae-Jones

I swear this has been on my TBR posts several times now, so I WILL read it this month! Especially now because the sequel, Shadowsong, will be released at the end of the month.

Language of Thorns by Leigh Bardugo

Balancing out the chunky books with a nice collection of short stories set in my favourite world, the Grishaverse, by the ever wonderful Leigh Bardugo. I can’t wait to read this.

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What are you planning on reading this month? Let me know in the comments below!

2017 Wrap-Up: End of Year Book Survey

Best books of 2017

Thanks to PerpetualPageTurner for creating the perfect prompts for me to gather all of my bookish achievements and thoughts for 2017!


Reading Stats

Number Of Books You Read: 40
Number of Audiobooks: 0
Number of Rereads: 0
Number Unfinished/Abandoned: 3


Best in Books

1. Best Book You Read In 2017?

It’s so hard to choose just one!

The Hate U Give

But I have to pick The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas, because it blew me away. Read review HERE.

View my Top 5 2017 Releases

View my Top 5 2017 Backlist Reads

2. Book You Were Excited About & Thought You Were Going To Love More But Didn’t?

Who Runs the World?

Who Runs The World? by Virginia Bergin was my biggest disappointment. I was so excited for it as the concept sounded great, but I hated it in so many ways and couldn’t even finish it.

You can read all the reasons I didn’t like this book in my REVIEW

3. Most surprising (in a good way or bad way) book you read?  

Orbiting Jupiter

Orbiting Jupiter surprised me because there is ZERO hype around this book, and it was so good! Such a little gem.

Read my Review

4. Book You “Pushed” The Most People To Read (And They Did)?

It’s no surprise, but the book I sold most copies of in my bookstore was The Hate U Give.

5a. Best series you started in 2017?

This is a tough one because I started a lot of really good ones!

I guess I have to pick A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas

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ACOTAR Review

ACOMAF Review

ACOWAR Review

5b. Best Sequel of 2017?

Empire of Storms (Throne of Glass, #5)

Empire of Storms by Sarah J. Maas. This is a no-brainer for me. I LOVED this book like I would a child.

Read Full Review

5c. Best Series Ender of 2017?

Without choosing another SJM book…

Ruin and Rising (Grisha Verse, #3)

Ruin and Rising by Leigh Bardugo was the end of me. I devoured all three books back-to-back, and definitely *didn’t* cry for the entire last 100 pages of this book…

Read my review of the Trilogy HERE

6. Favourite new author/audiobook narrator you discovered in 2017?

I read my first Leigh Bardugo book this year, and immediately bought and read everything she’s written so far. A firm favourite.

7. Best book from a genre you don’t typically read/was out of your comfort zone?

The Kite Runner

I don’t typically read adult contemporary fiction, but The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini was one of the best books I read this year.

5/5 Stars

Read Full Review

8. Most action-packed/thrilling/unputdownable book of the year?

I read so many good books this year, this is so hard!

Okay, I’m settling on a duology that I tore through in a matter of a couple of days…

This Savage Song (Monsters of Verity, #1)Our Dark Duet (Monsters of Verity, #2)

I gave both This Savage Song and Our Dark Duet by V.E. Schwab 5/5 stars. It was utterly thrilling and a really couldn’t put it down!

This Savage Song Review

Our Dark Duet Review

9. Book You Read In 2017 That You Are Most Likely To Re-Read Next Year?

I don’t usually do re-reads, so probably none.

10. Favorite cover of a book you read in 2017?

Empress of a Thousand Skies (Empress of a Thousand Skies, #1)

The cover for Empress of A Thousand Skies by Rhoda Belleza is gorgeous! Unfortunately I didn’t enjoy the book as much as the cover and only gave it 3/5 stars, but it’s still pretty so who cares?

11. Most memorable character of 2017?

Lila Bard from A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab. She’s the best.

12. Most beautifully written book read in 2017?

The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini

13. Most Thought-Provoking/ Life-Changing Book of 2017?

After You  (Me Before You, #2)

After You by JoJo Moyes, simply because it was all about moving on and losing your fears to trust new people, and it came to me at exactly the right time in my life. My review for this will come soon, but I gave it 4/5 stars.

14. Book you can’t believe you waited UNTIL 2017 to finally read? 

Pretty much half of the books I read…

Northern Lights (His Dark Materials, #1)

Okay so I probably should have read this when I was a child, so I guess The Northern Lights by Philip Pullman wins this one, although I wasn’t overly impressed anyway and only gave it 3/5 stars.

15. Favorite Passage/Quote From A Book You Read In 2017?

“I can’t know that something is possible, and sit back and not do anything to make it real.”

From Things A Bright Girl Can Do by Sally Nicholls.

In all honesty, there were a lot more quotes I would have normally picked over this one, but I’m useless and don’t write any of them down… This one stuck with me though.

16. Shortest & Longest Book You Read In 2017?

Shortest Book:

Good Bones

Good Bones by Margaret Atwood. Number of Pages = 147

Longest Book:

A Court of Wings and Ruin (A Court of Thorns and Roses, #3)

A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas. Number of Pages = 699

17. Book That Shocked You The Most

I’m just going to have to say The Kite Runner again, because some parts of that book were bloody brutal and shocking in that sense…

18. OTP OF THE YEAR (you will go down with this ship!)

(OTP = one true pairing if you aren’t familiar)

Alucard and Rhy from A Gathering of Shadows by V.E. Schwab.

I WILL GO DOWN ON HIS SHIP IF NECCESARY.

19. Favourite Non-Romantic Relationship Of The Year

If I’m going to be honest, no non-romantic relationships really caught my attention enough for me to be able to remember them this year… The one favourite friendship I had actually turned out to be romantic in the next book, so I have none.

20. Favourite Book You Read in 2017 From An Author You’ve Read Previously

21. Best Book You Read In 2017 That You Read Based SOLELY On A Recommendation From Somebody Else/Peer Pressure:

A Darker Shade of Magic (Shades of Magic, #1)

SO MUCH PEER PRESSURE.

But A Darker Shade of Magic was incredible and I’m so glad I caved and read this.

5/5 Stars – Read Full Review

22. Newest fictional crush from a book you read in 2017?

Rhysand. Rhysand. Rhysand.

Can I say his name again..?

RHYSAND…

23. Best 2017 debut you read?

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

24. Best Worldbuilding/Most Vivid Setting You Read This Year?

Wonder Woman: Warbringer (DC Icons, #1)

An interesting choice, I’m sure, but actually the Amazon island setting for Wonder Woman: Warbringer by Leigh Bardugo was the most vividly pictured in my imagination.

A very close second place goes to Velaris in A Court of Mist and Fury.

25. Book That Put A Smile On Your Face/Was The Most FUN To Read?

Wonder Woman: Warbringer was the most fun I’ve had reading a book in a long time! I loved everything about this book.

Read my Review Here

26. Book That Made You Cry Or Nearly Cry in 2017?

Two books that I’ve previously mentioned:

The Kite Runner and After You both made my cry at several intervals throughout the book.

27. Hidden Gem Of The Year?

I’ve already mentioned it once, but it’s Orbiting Jupiter by Gary D. Schmidt. Seriously if you haven’t checked out this book, I highly recommend it.

28. Book That Crushed Your Soul?

The Assassin's Blade (Throne of Glass, #0.1-0.5)

The Assassin’s Blade by Sarah J. Maas.

For context, my Goodreads review still remains as: “4.5 stars. Full review to come at the end of this weekend when I finally get chance to compile all of my thoughts and shattered heart…”

29. Most Unique Book You Read In 2017?

When Breath Becomes Air

When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi because it was the only non-fiction/biography I read.

Read my Review

30. Book That Made You The Most Mad (doesn’t necessarily mean you didn’t like it)?

Who Run’s The World? by Virginia Bergin.

I didn’t like it, for the record. And it made me SO mad to read it. So much so that I abandoned it less than 100 pages in!

MAN HATE IS NOT FEMINISM.

You can read my ranty review HERE.


Bookish/Blogging Life

1. Best event that you participated in (author signings, festivals, virtual events, memes, etc.)?

I didn’t go to very many, but I organised a panel with Melinda Salisbury, Katherine Webber and Sara Barnard, where they did a YA quiz show with the audience and that was really cool.

2. Best moment of bookish/blogging life in 2017?

Can I say completing this post? Because my god this is long! If you’ve managed to read through to the end of this I’d say that would be one of your greatest achievements too…

3. Most challenging thing about blogging or your reading life this year?

I’ve had several reading slumps which were SO HARD to get out of. I also let my blogging slip a lot so I plan to really get back on top of it in 2018.

4. Most Popular Post This Year On Your Blog (whether it be by comments or views)?

Most Likes:

June 2017 Book Haul – So Random!

Most Comments:

Top 5 Releases I’m Looking Forward To This Month…

5. Best bookish discovery (book related sites, book stores, etc.)?

I went into the Gower Street (London) branch of Waterstones for the first time this year, and I love it! It’s like a heavenly maze of books that you can get lost in and tuck yourself away in a quiet corner for hours.


PHEW.

Jeez, that was one long post… The longest I have ever written in fact, so if you made it to the end then, congrats!

2017 was a good year for books, lets hope 2018 follows suit!

My Bookish New Year’s Resolutions

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

happy new year GIF

Wow, 2017 went too quickly. But now we find ourselves at the beginning of a new year. Which only means one thing… Let’s set ourselves unrealistic goals! YAY.

Disclaimer: I’ve never been able to set a New Year’s Resolution and stick to it.

Usually they go along the same sort of lines: Exercise more, be more social, keep a diary. I’ve usually given up/failed by February.

This year though, I have set only one personal goal, and that is to Do What Makes Me Happy. Whatever that may be. Keep people in my life who make me happy, get rid of those who don’t. Be in a career that makes me happy, and not one that stresses me out or heightens my anxiety. You get the idea.

However.

I have also set myself some bookish goals for 2018…

We’ll start with my Goodreads Challenge.

Read 50 Books.

In 2017 my goal was 40 books, which I scraped in my the skin of my teeth. This year, I’m going to increase my goal to 50. I know, risky. But this leads me onto my second goal…

Only Read Books I Enjoy.

Too many times I have stuck with books that I really am not enjoying, or forced myself to read because there’s a hype around it, or I’ve promised to review something. This year, that changes. If I’m not enjoying a book, I’m not going to continue on with it! Woah. I know. But there are just too many great books in the world that I’ll miss out on if I read the not so great books, and also it just puts me into a huge slump that takes me weeks to get out of.

Review Books as Soon as I Read Them.

Too many times this year, I have read a book, really enjoyed it, and then totally forgotten to write my review. Skip ahead to months later and I’m looking for a review I wrote on that book I really liked… Oh wait. YOU NEVER WROTE IT YOU DAFT MARE.

This has happened several times this year. No more, I say, NO MORE!

Post 1 Blog Post Each Week.

If I manage more then great. But I aim to write at least one review or post of some kind each week. My blog has been neglected recently, and I plan to get it back on track in 2018.


And that’s it! Those are my goals for 2018.

Let’s hope I can stick to them as much as possible!

What goals did you set for yourself this year?